Durham >Food Stores > Fishmonger's Seafood Market
806 W Main St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770135.999868 -78.908297
Mon. - Sat. 11:30am - 9:30pm;Sun. 12am - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Brightleaf, Downtown
The Worst Service Ever – WOW!!!! My friends and I ate @ Fishmongers today as always. Today we had the rudest waitress ever!!! Tiffany thinks BLACK people dont tip, so she gave us horrible service. Not to mention... her tip was left on the table before she opened her mouth. We were the only people in the resturant that had to go to the register in order to pay for the food. She picked up everybody elses check... UUUMMM I better stick to eating fish from Colemans!!!
Good Food! Good Service! Great Value! – Fishmonger's Restaurant has been a fixture of historic Brightleaf Square sine 1986 -- they must be doing something right!
From seafood to BBQ to Certified Angus Ribeye steaks, there is something for everyone on the menu. Our party ordered NC shrimp (beer-battered), oysters and sauteed scallops. The folks at the other end of the picnic table (PICNIC TABLE??!!) had pulled pork sandwiches and brisket that looked great.
The prices are reasonable and funky atmosphere is fun and casual. We'll be back!
p.s. it takes awhile for food prepared to your specifications -- in our case scallops sauteed with no oil, so sit back, have a drink and prepare for a super meal.
Hurry to Fishmonger's, it's that GOOD! – Family friendly (beachy decor with picnic tables) serving delicious seafood. The sauteed scallops are out-of-this-world. Our succulent Blue Point oysters were complimented by icy-cold beer. Fried green tomatoes and homemade side dishes followed by banana pudding rounded out a memorable meal. Certified Angus ribeye steaks and barbeque ribs satisfied the land-lubbers with us.
a favorite; can't be beat – You just can't make a food and beverage run downtown Durham without spending some time at Fishmonger's. We spend a LOT of time up and down the Carolina coast and assure you, fresher seafood can't be found unless you reel it in yourself; and you'd be hard pressed to find a better variety. A super casual atmosphere in vintage building with fun quirky pieces (barstools from tractor seats, picnic tables...) makes you glad to say "yeah, this is my town". Roll up your sleeves and throw back the oysters and beer! Fried jalapenos a must! Seasonal vegetables with a nice simple southern touch. Good food, good people, good price.
Great fish, disappointing sides – Service: Very good. Not the fastest place in the world, but our waitress was relatively knowledgeable and helped us choose our entrees. She was also able to supply chocolate milk for our 5 year old, which was appreciated. No issues with substituting broccoli for fries (I have the one 5 year old in the world that hates french fries)
Atmosphere: Very laid back and casual. No peanut shells on the floor, but butcher paper for tablecloths and picnic table seating. A few beer signs, mounted fish and big plate windows.
Food: My wife ordered grilled snapper (special), I ordered blackened Mahi. My wife wasn't a fan of the blackening (and to be honest, I've had more flavorful coatings, this was mainly char) but she liked the snapper. I thought the Mahi was very good. Both fish entrees were very fresh. The catfish appetizer was also fresh and well prepared. Our side dishes though were pretty awful. Leading the pack was the insipid, flavorless and extremely overcooked white rice. "Gross" is the only way to describe it. Next; the sugar snap peas. Also overcooked, but not as bad as the rice. They just tasted bland. They aren't in season, so maybe they're frozen, but if I were running the place I would completely rethink the sides. Lastly the slaw - little heavy on the relish for me.
Parking: Extremely easy in the Brightleaf lot; they do validate the parking ticket even though it isn't in the Brightleaf building, which is very nice.
Appalling service – This was the worst service I have had in quite awhile. Drink and food orders were taken in a relatively prompt manner; this was not in any way indicative of the speed with which the food was brought. I suspect that my party's order was not put in until one of us asked the waitress when we should expect it to arrive (after waiting 45 minutes with no interaction from her). Another 20 minutes later, one person's food arrived (raw oysters and clams). The rest of the food arrived several minutes later. When we asked the server why it took so long for our food to arrive, she responded that it was typical for food to take that long to prepare on such a busy night, that the food was made to order, and that sometimes the cooks prepared smaller orders before larger ones like our party (of 5). Only after she provided these excuses did she state that she was sorry for the wait. Our food was ok-- nothing that would ever merit such a wait and such poor service. I will never go to this restaurant again, and I recommend that you avoid it as well.
Awful service – My party of five went to this restaurant tonight and waited 90 minutes to get our food after we ordered. The table next to us (who came 20 minutes after we did) got their food 30 minutes before us; this was not the only table that was served sooner. When our food finally arrived, we asked the waitress (who wasn't ours) why it took so long and all she could come up with was that it is a "small restaurant" and "food is made to order". Our waitress, "Melissa S", never came by in the 90 minutes to tell us it would be a while, never checked on our drinks, and basically ignored us. Unfortunately, 18% gratuity was added because we were a group of 5. I will be calling the manager in the morning.
BETTER THAN MARYLAND!!! Yeah, I said it. The food is delicious, and it's a fun place you can bring your family OR your buddies! Leave your sunday best at home, you'll feel a little out of place. Come as you are, have a great time, and don't waste money on fancy dining when you could pay less and get the best seafood around. I'm hooked!
awesome seafood – this place isn't about looks...it's all about the food. the seafood is fresh...i personally love the raw oysters with a pint of beer.. i came here with my family from out of town. my mom (who lives in hawaii) couldn't get enough of the seafood. she loved it here... our waiter was a real friendly, casual guy..recommending different specials/local beers...making the experience that much more enjoyable...
Old-school fish house serves no-frills seafood. – In Short
Diners from Durham and beyond gather at long-lived Fishmonger's to shuck oysters, crack Alaskan crab legs and swig cold beer. Customers seat themselves at brown paper-covered picnic tables alongside large picture windows. Quirky fish sculptures and beer signs serve as wall art. Fried seafood platters satisfy with the added bonus of in-house fries, but the happiest diners get down and dirty with oysters, clams and peel-and-eat shrimp.
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